May 28, 2002
Senior catcher Stacey Nuveman (LaVerne, CA/St. Lucy's Priory HS) of the UCLA Softball Team was selected as the UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of May 20-27.
Nuveman hit .429 at the Women's College World Series with a single, an RBI double and a home run for a 1.000 slugging percentage. Her home run against Oklahoma was the game-winning RBI in UCLA's 2-0 elimination win over the Sooners. Nuveman then breathed life into the Bruin offense with an RBI double down the right field line against Arizona State, but UCLA was unable to push across the game-tying run against the Sun Devils and would be eliminated, 2-1, on Saturday night.
Nuveman's double and home run sealed one of her most impressive records, giving her a 1.045 slugging percentage for the 2002 season (26 points better than the previous NCAA single-season record) and a .945 career slugging percentage, which is 148 points better than the previous NCAA record of .797 held by Leah Braatz of Arizona (1994-98).
Nuveman finished the season with a .529 batting average, the ninth-best season in NCAA history and second-best season in Pac-10 history. Her career .466 batting average ranks third in the NCAA record books and breaks Sue Enquist's school record by 65 points.
This is Nuveman's fourth UCLABruins.com Student-Athlete of the Week honor of the season and her career.
Also nominated: Megan Bradley (w. tennis), Lauren Fisher (w. tennis), Wes Whisler (baseball).